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What are Rabies Vaccine Allergies?

Rabies vaccinations are something that almost every dog receives in their yearly trip to the veterinarian, and sometimes every 3 years for the longer lasting vaccine. These vaccines are meant to prevent the horrible, and incurable disease that plagues wildlife and unfortunately spreads to domestic animals such as cats and dogs. As with many things that are meant to help, they sometimes have side effects. Your dog can react to anything that enters their body that their immune system deems unsafe, but when it comes to vaccines many times veterinarians must work past the allergy to prevent a disease.

An allergic reaction to the rabies vaccine is your dog’s immune system having a hypersensitive response to the vaccine itself. Symptoms can range from skin rash to diarrhea, and in very rare cases acute kidney failure.

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Symptoms of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

Your dog’s symptoms may not always be the same as what other dogs may experience. If you suspect your dog is having an allergic reaction to a vaccine, contact your veterinarian. Symptoms may or may not include the following:

  • Discomfort and swelling at the site of injection 
  • Mild fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Decrease in activity or desire to play
  • Swelling of face, eyes, and ears 

It is important to note that swelling at the injection site is common and may last up to a week after shot is received, though it should still be reported to the clinic. If the site begins to appear infected or an abscess forms, your pet should be seen by your veterinarian. If a tumor grows at site of injection, report it to the veterinarian.

Rare and more serious symptoms may occur within a few minutes, hours or days of the vaccination. If any of the following symptoms develop, seek veterinary attention immediately. 

  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Hives or itchy skin 
  • Collapse 
  • Respiratory distress

Types

Hypersensitivity, or allergic reaction, could be a result of the vaccine antigen or other minerals and proteins found in the vaccine. BSA (otherwise known as Fraction V or Bovine Serum Albumen) and Fibronectin are proteins usually derived from cows that are used in vaccines and have been known to have antibody reactions from dogs. 

  • Type 1 - Acute anaphylaxis: angioedema (large welts), anaphylaxis or shock, and death
  • Type 2 - Cytotoxic reactions of the Type 2 variety can be the cause of several different diseases in dogs such as blood clotting issues, muscle and skin disorders, and anemia
  • Type 3 - Cutaneous ischemic vasculopathy which has been associated with the rabies vaccine can occur at the site of injection or another, more distant location such as the tips of the ears; this is known as the immune complex

Causes of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

Your dog’s body has a wonderful defense system to keep it safe from the many things that could make him sick, this is called the immune system. The immune system attacks anything that enters your dog’s system that it feels will cause it harm to the body, sending antibodies to attack the foreign substance. Unfortunately, sometimes it will attack things that are actually meant to help, such as vaccines. This is the same process that causes some dogs to react to seasonal allergens such as pollen. There are many things that can cause an allergic reaction in your dog; here is a brief list of some allergens your pet could develop or currently have: 

  • Bee stings
  • Vaccines
  • Protein sources (i.e. chicken and/or beef) 
  • Pollen (seasonal)

Diagnosis of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

Most symptoms of an allergic reaction are easily diagnosed just through visual signs and symptoms. Many veterinarians warn clients of common reactions to vaccines that many pets have that are not cause for alarm such as lethargy, lack of appetite (only for 1 or 2 meals), pain at injection site, lack of desire to run and walk, and even sometimes a mild fever. These sometimes may last 2-3 days after the vaccines are given, however an allergic reaction to a vaccine may show before you even leave the clinic. Facial swelling or swelling of the ears will many times be a red flag and will cause your veterinary caregiver to take a second look. If symptoms occur a day or so later then your veterinarian may explore other options by testing with bloodwork to confirm that it isn’t something more serious, especially if your dog has had one or more severe symptoms.

Treatment of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

If your canine immediately shows symptoms after the injection is given your veterinarian will, in many cases, inject either an antihistamine, corticosteroids, or epinephrine to calm the side effects. What your veterinarian chooses will be based on the severity of side effects. Your pet may also require IV fluids and oxygen, and if necessary ventilation and endotracheal intubation may be performed. In less urgent cases dexamethasone or diphenhydramine are given. When in the late stages of reaction to the substance, oral corticosteroids or antihistamines are usually prescribed for 2-3 days. 

Monitor your dog for the next week after reaction occurs for previous symptoms such as hives or vomiting and diarrhea to arise again. If symptoms return contact your veterinarian.

Recovery of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

If your dog should have an allergic reaction to any medication or vaccine, always alert your veterinarian and ask that a note be made in their file. Your dog may have to be dosed with an antihistamine or an anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prior to vaccinations for the rest of his life to prevent reactions to the vaccine itself. For the safety of yours and other animals, rabies shots are required at the minimum for dogs in most states. It is rare that states give an exemption to the rabies vaccination by the authority of your veterinarian. Though in some states it is allowed if a veterinarian determines that, for health reasons, the dog should no longer receive said vaccine until the patient is deemed healthy enough to receive the vaccination again.  The veterinarian may also request that your pet stay in the office up to 30 minutes after your appointment has finished to monitor your dog’s reaction to the vaccination. 

In some cases, your veterinarian may choose to continue using the same vaccine type, but from a different manufacturer, though it should be noted that the same proteins that caused a reaction in one vaccine may very well be present in another and so changing the manufacturer does not guarantee that your pet will not have a reaction. Depending on the severity of the reaction, once medication is given, your pet may improve within 15-30 minutes.

Rabies Vaccine Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Maximus
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

He received the vaccine on Saturday, it was given into his rear. He usually receives it into the neck, but they told me it's up to the Vet. He began to have diarrhea and when I tried to pick him up he screamed, this has been going on for 5days. I gave him Benadryl about 10mg. He is a 9 year old Chihuahua.
Not the first day, but now he is eating and drinking water.

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Baxter
Beagle
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Granmal Seizures

Our Beagle, who was 4.5 years old, received his annual vaccinations on January 25th of this year, which included the 3-year rabies shot. On February 7th, he started with cluster seizures & was immediately taken to the vet who ran blood tests, which were all clear and stated this was a form of elipesy and prescribed phenobarbital. In 4 days, the frequency and severity of the seizures increased significantly with a total of 35 and the last 5 were severe granmal seizures. We made the heartbreaking decision to end his suffering on February 10th. We were given very little direction from our vet, after 2 trips to her and another 2 trips after hours to the emergency vet. Could the vaccinations have contributed to this? We're just attempting to understand what went to horribly wrong in such a short time.

My 11 year old Beagle had a grand mal seizure 3 days ago. We rushed her to the vet and they had to put her on oxygen. Because this was the first known seizure they sent her home and told us to monitor her - that if she had any more that day or a total of 3 (we're to keep a journal) then come back and they would start meds. The only change in her routine was that she had received her vaccinations exactly 1 week earlier. They gave her the 3 year rabies, DHPP, Benadryl and Dexamethasone. I know the Benadryl is supposed to help and I wonder if that's why she only had the 1 seizure. I am so sorry your dog had to go through all of that - I know how terrifying it is. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Cocoa
Chihuahua
9 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy hives, severe swelling to fa

Medication Used

Benadry

I took cocoa for his shot minutes after getting home his face swelled up severely he couldn't breathe.. Rushed him back and the vet gave him a shot. The vet told me to give him benadryl twice daily. Its been a week and he still needs the benadryl or the symptoms return.

My dog had a rabie injection 2wks.ago but doesnt want to eat much what could be wrong

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Prancer
Chihuahua
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Black spots
Balding

Hi, my dog got her rabies shot as a puppy and she got a bald spot from the vaccine. And she just recently got her one year rabies shot and a couple days after, I noticed another spot that was starting to bald. And just this morning I woke up to find that her old bald spot is now turning black???? I called my vet immediately and she said she hadn’t ever heard of this before and they are taking a look at her tomorrow morning. And when I talked to the receptionist she said she would have to call the vaccine company??? She is walking and playing as if nothing is wrong and she’s still eating and drinking water. I’m so confused

The same thing happened to my chihuahua, he’s three years old and he got the shot when he was a puppy but he still has the black bald spot and is sensitive to the touch, the vet I take him to continuously dismisses it and said it’s normal but I don’t think it is. Has your dogs issue resolved ? Is prancer doing better ?

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Cricket
Chihuahua
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My dog had a allergic reaction today when she got her 2nd rabies shot. Her face was swollen up it was very scary should I expect this to happen every year? The vet kept her for several hours to monitor her she seems fine tonight should I watch for other reactions over the new week?

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Roscoe
Pitbull-Schnauzer Mix
11 Years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, tremors, low appetite

Our dog had a rabies shot over a week ago. He is lethargic, decreased appetite, having tremors, depressed, and I also feel like he is breathing too fast "at rest". We took him back to the vet and they ran blood tests. They told us his white blood count was a bit low, but not to the point of concern. They said his heart rate and temp were fine. They sent us home and are checking for lyme. They should be calling back tomorrow. Next step would be Xrays. Something is not right with our boy. This was not a gradual decline. He is 11 and a mixed pit/schnauzer.

My Cairn Terrier had a rabies shot 3/12/19. She also has IBD that she is being treated for with budesonide and prescription food. Her CBC was normal and I wanted to be compliant and get the rabies shot. She started having tremors and would get skittish and just sort of bolt a few feet like she was startled. She also would not eat normally and I would soak her kibble and hand feed a few and then she would get up to finish it. I took her back to vet 4/2/19 ran another CBC again bloodwork was normal, Lyme and heart worm tests negative. They thought perhaps a slipped disc in her back?? Gave doggie Ibuprofen and went home. Took to to another vet today 4/4/19, same symptoms lethargic, shaking, ears back. Given Gabapentin and she had a shaking, panting episode at noon, so I gave her a dose. It then occurred to me after reading some statements on an IBD group that many people reported issues with vaccines and I put the two events together! She dose have autoimmune suppression?

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Sarang
cockapoo
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog’s vaccination is due. When my dog had her vaccine (rabbies and dhlpp) last time she started to vomit after coming back home. She threw up several times (about 5 times) but she was okay after. She acted normal and she ate regularly. Since her vaccination is due I am wondering if its okay to give her rabies and dhlpp vaccine together or separately. Vet also recommended Benadryl shot before administering vaccination.

I would not take the chance with the vaccines again. My dog also started having symptoms of an allergic reaction to her shots that she received yesterday afternoon. I already had one dog die from vaccines in the past, I sure hope this sweet dog pulls through. I only get the vaccines that are mandatory, but I’m really questioning what the heck is in these vaccines that causing sickness and death in our animals.

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Sarang
cockapoo
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Last time when my dog was vaccinated she started to throw up after we got home. She vomited about five times and was weak for few hours. After few hours later she stopped vomiting and was fine. She slept well through the night and ate breakfast next day. Now her vaccination is due and i am wondering if its okay to give her vaccinations (rabbies and dhlpp) together. The vet recommended me to have my dog receive her shots seperately or get Benadryl shot first and get the vaccination soon after.

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Oiver
Morkie
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

We took our Morkie a 5 yr to get his rabbis shots last Sunday, and he is now getting cluster of Seizures, we now think he been getting seizure when you got his first shots. We thought it was from his parents we been controlling with Keppra, Pheno and CBD drops. it has been 4 months with any episodes til the shots was given last Sunday 7/72019. Wish there was a way to stop his cluster seizure.

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Peanut
Chihuahua
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hives
Vomiting
Panting
Swelling

Medication Used

Dyphenhydramine
Dexamethasone

My 4 yo chihuahua mix had her annual vaccinations yesterday. When she was a puppy (the last time she had her rabies shot since she gets the 3 year) her face swelled. Yesterday- she got her injections, we went out and she would not walk on her leash and was panting walking around the store, then she vomited and I immediately brought her back to the vet. They gave her a dyphenhydramine injection and we went home. She vomited 4 more times at home and on the way back to the vet. The vet then gave her a steroid injection and kept her for monitoring for 2 hours. We took her home. An hour later she broke out in hives all over her body and her muzzle swelled up like a balloon. We took her to the emergency vet where she was monitored over night. Brought her home this morning and she started swelling around the eyes and got a few more hives on her head. Those symptoms have now subsided and she has spent the day resting. This dog has only ever been to the vet for her annual. She has been very healthy over the 4 years of her life so I am positive this is a severe vaccine reaction. How do we prevent this in the future? Even with dyphenhydramine injection and a steroid injection she had hives and swelling. I can’t rush my dog to the emergency vet every time she gets a rabies vaccine... to me, it’s not worth her life.

My 9lb chihuahua mix received a 3 yr rabies vaccine and broke out in horrible hives 7 days after receiving the vaccine - I gave her Benadryl for a few days and it helped a little but she still has some hives (they have gone down but get inflamed if she gets overheated) —- I’m certain this is a direct adverse reaction to the vaccine - my smaller chihuahua received the same vaccine at the same time and was fine - every dog is different! I’m going to spend the next 3 years figuring out how to avoid giving them any more vaccines!

You are so right, I just hate bringing my Lab to the Vets. Unfortunately, if planning on travel a Pet Passport is essential as too is the Rabies shot.
I just hate all these vacinations for what seems a perfectly healthy animal. She had her shot just today and I notice a bump and swelling at the injection site. It was never told of any possible issues arising or side effect to look out for. It all appears to be Ching Ching $$$ £££ to me.

I have a female Chihuahua which I had a year and 1/2 since the birth took her yesterday to get the 3-year rabies vaccine right now she is pouting she don't want to drink water she can hardly walk what should I do I know whatever it is it has to do with the vaccine that she get

My dog had the same type of reactions twice. I no longer take her in for this. She’s mostly an indoor dog and her chances of getting rabies is practically non existent. The last time they gave her a antihistamine shot prior to the vaccine. That didn’t work. Her face still blew up and it’s just really scary. Since then I don’t allow those vaccinations. She’s 9 years old and has always been very healthy. To me the cons outweigh the pros.

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Pugsley
Pug
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lack of muscle coordination
Reverse sneezing

My 13-year-old pug has had an ear infection. After trying the first antibiotic for a few weeks and noticing his ears still smelled/looked red, I took him in yesterday to have the vet look at it again; he was also due for his 3-year rabies vaccine, so I figured we would address that too. The vet noticed bacteria in one ear (the one that was worse the first time around when we noticed he had the infection) and yeast in the other, so she suggested a second antibiotic, Claro, which she inserted into his ears yesterday; it remains in them for 3-4 weeks. In addition, she administered his rabies vaccine; both were done in the back.

This morning, my pug started reverse-sneezing. I picked him up, gently bounced him and patted his back, and he got through it (he's done this before). 15 minutes later it happened again, and this time after I put him down after bouncing him a bit and it not helping, I put him down and he threw up (probably from the bouncing). As I gently patted his back and tried to calm him down, he dropped down (from a standing position, but he was on hardwood so he may have lost his balance) onto his side and kept reverse sneezing. He's had seizures about 1x a year so I know what they look like and what to do if this happens, but this wasn't a seizure--he wasn't disoriented afterward or sleepy like he usually is. The reverse sneezing stopped after that second instance until this evening, when he reverse sneezed a third time; I was able to calm him down.

Our vet is closed otherwise I would call her. I don't see any swelling or redness on his body (I was reading online and saw some posts claiming rabies vaccines may be linked to allergic reactions to the vaccine itself; I was also wondering if it could be an allergy to the Claro?), he's breathing fine, and he's been totally normal all day, but the reverse sneezing frequency is making me nervous.

Is this something I should worry about?

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Luna
American Bulldog
16 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

shock
Loss of Balance
Breathing Difficulty
Lethargy
Collapse

I took my 16 week old american bully in today for her rabies and lepto shot. She had a severe reaction within 5 minutes of her vaccine. She collapsed as she was urinating and her gums turned white. She had to have IV fluids and some other medication given to her. She is about to be picked up after a few hours of monitoring this evening. Was a very very scary situation.

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Artemis
Shepherd husky
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sudden frequent urination

Artemis recieved her 1yr rabies vaccine, good for 3 yrs, and approximately an hr later began having frequent urination. I contacted the clinic that administered the shot, and have searched onlinle, but no connection has been determined as of yet. Will be monitoring her over the next few days. No other symptoms have been observed at this time.

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Harley
Miniature Schnauzer
4 Months
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not able to control urinating

Harley received her rabies shot and soon after vomited after drinking. We brought her back to the vet and has urinated several times once while I was holding her. She received two shots,one being benedryl. She has come home and seems a little out of it and has urinated 2x while sleeping in her bed. The vet said this is a side effect. She advised no food or water for the night.Is this something I should be concerned with

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Adverse reactions to rabies vaccines are not uncommon, but it is still the lesser of two evils in the grand scheme of things. Many different symptoms may present over week after vaccination which may include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea among other symptoms. Monitor Harley and check for improvement for the weekend; if more severe symptoms present including swelling, respiratory difficulty or anything else visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zailey Grace
Boxer
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog got her rabies shot 5 days after she started coughing really bad took her to vet they thought it was kennel cough..but come to find out it was an enlarged heart. The day she got her shots her lungs were clear five days after she was all congested in the chest...could it be a bad reaction to rabies vaccine

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dilated cardiomyopathy can be a silent killer since the heart may be enlarged but there is no clear indication from a standard physical examination (auscultation etc…) that the heart is enlarged; sometimes dilated cardiomyopathy is diagnosed from an x-ray for another condition or necropsy, I cannot confirm or comment on when the heart become enlarged. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/sense/can-dogs-feel-sick-after-rabies-shot

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Zenyatta
Rottweiler
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not having food
drinking lot of water
Urinating alot

My 3 months old Rottweiler had 2nd vaccination 2 days back and now she is not showing much interest to food.She drinks alot of water but refuses all kind of food.is it because of any disease?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of appetite and other gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea etc…) are side effects commonly associated with the rabies vaccines, they are generally self limiting and don’t really require veterinary action unless they persist for more than a few days or an animal becomes dehydrated. If you have any concerns, call your Veterinarian for a discussion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meeko
Maltese
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up, swelling yesterday

Hello! My 1 year old dog just got his 3 year rabies shot , and he is typically sensitive to his vaccines which my other vet would give Benadryl beforehand but I went to a new one since I moved to a different state they said that since he had junior rabies shot he should be fine well it’s been 23 hours and my puppy threw up 2x last night and once this morning but keeps drinking and eating normally even tho I’m feeding him lightly and his face did swell up yesterday off and on. And after throwing up he just wants to rest but when he wakes up he acts normal. His urine is good and so is his stool as of right now. Do you think I should take him to the vet or wait a couple more hours for the symptoms to go away?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some vomiting and general gastrointestinal upset is a noted side effect of rabies vaccination and the Benadryl wouldn’t be effective against these side effects; if Meeko isn’t in any distress and there is no swelling you should keep an eye on him for the time being but if there is no improvement or symptoms get worse you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
terrier
4 Days
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Oscar terrier Mix got DHPP bordatella and rabies vaccine on Saturday. On Monday I noticed a long red line on his belly then hives on his leg. Today I noticed red marks in one ear and a quater sized dark red mark on his side that looks like bruising on the outside. This is just below his left front leg He is eating fine, happy to walk and otherwise normal and wagging tail. He is snoring more and itchy, licking his paws, stool is not runny but has some red muscus on It. I have had him 3 months after being rescued. Do I need to rush to the Vet or is there something I can do to monitor. Should I be worried? Is it a high chance it was the shots he had to get? Making him break out like this. It also looks like he is loosing his hair a little on his neck and head. He is rubbing his face a lot on the rugs to scratch.
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like a reaction to the rabies vaccination; if Oscar is otherwise in good spirits and is eating/drinking/urinating etc… I would keep an eye on him. Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb three times per day may help with the hives and the itching. If you don’t start to see improvement visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maddy
Dachshund
5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Lethargy
Vomiting
lack of appetite
Partial paralysis
severe pain
sleeplessness

My 12# Dachshund has had reactions in increasing severity with every Rabies vaccination. The last and most severe reaction following the rabies vaccine included: partial paralysis of her hind quarters (from the injection site back) and crying all night following the vaccine. The vet is adamant that her symptoms are not related to the Rabies vaccine, and insists I get her shot updated. I'm seriously concerned.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Depending on your location, Rabies vaccines may be available that are licensed for three years, so that he can have less frequent vaccines. You can check with your veterinarian to find out what the regulations are where you live. He may benefit from injections of a steroid or an anti-histamine before his vaccines to decrease his reaction to the vaccine. You can talk to your veterianarian about options for him.

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Moka
Shetland Sheepdog
11 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Sneezing
Facial swelling
Running Nose
Running eyes

Medication Used

antibiotics
Steroid w/antihistamine injection
Oral steroids
Oral antihistamines

36 hours post-rabies vaccine my dog Moka experienced severe swelling above her left eye. Brought her back to the vet where they guessed it was a bug bite and administered steroid/antihistamine. Over several days the swelling subsided, but bilateral eye and nasal draining + sneezing ensued. This is now 2 weeks later and the facial swelling has returned. Can this be a vaccine reaction, or a coincidence? Moka was fine before her vaccine. She is now on antibiotics and this seems to be helping her. She has never experienced allergies of any type in her life. Oral antihistamines were not improving her allergy-like symotoms before the facial swelling returned. The inital swelling was clearly not a bug bite.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I would not think that 2 weeks later Moka would still be having a reaction to the vaccine, and it is possible that this is unrelated but coincidental. Hopefully the antibiotics continue to help resolve this problem for her!

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Penny
Shih Tzu
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cries

My Shih Tzu had a rabies shot yesterday. She did not want to go on our morning walk. She cries when I pick her up. She is 5 years old 9 lbs. Can this be due to the shot?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rabies vaccination comes with some possible side effects which include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite among other side effects; this may last for a few days but usually passes. If the lethargy persists past the weekend or gets worse in the meantime, a visit to your Veterinarian would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
Mix
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

hives and swelling

Hello,
My mixed breed dog had to get two rabies shots within 18 months of each other for travel reasons and she had a severe reaction; hives on the lips and forehead and swelling of the nose, face, throat and neck. She was given dog diphenhydramine and I believe dex and recovered within two hours. No intubation or other intrusive action was needed. However, we live in China and have just had twins and my wife wants her revaccinated. It's been nearly six years since our last immunization and we feel we need to get another one. Is it safe? What is your recommendation on how to approach this safely? She is 8 years old now and in good health except for a bit of a larynx problem which also concerns us in case of anaphylactic shock. Please let us know what you would do if this was your dog.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Zoey were my dog, I would have her monitored in a veterinary hospital on the day that she was getting the Rabies vaccine, and I would have them place an IV catheter so that they had access to a vein in case of any major problems. I would pre-treat her with steroids and anti-histamines before giving the vaccine, and I would watch her for 6-12 hours afterward.

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Indi
Rat Terrier
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Hard outside soft center, pos absce

It’s been almost three weeks and we have a lump about th size of a quarter. Sometimes smaller sometimes bigger. She also has bad reactions to all her other shots as well. Swelling that lasts forever.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Indi, or knowing more about her, i'm not sure what might be going on with her. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, as they can look at her, determine what might be going on, and how best to treat her. i hope that all goes well with her.

So what am I sapost to do he can even get up to go to the bathroom he got the shot yesterday around 930am

Heading to Vet tomorrow

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Olive
Dachshund
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My 9# dachshund got her rabies shot Sunday morning. (Two days ago). We took about an hour long walk afterwards and spent the rest of the day at home. By the evening she was walking very slowly and generally lethargic. She’s still eating all meals and drinking water. Over the past day or so she’s almost refusing to walk. I can’t find any painful spots, even the injection site. This morning her body began shuddering with each breath, although no wheezing or coughing.
Are these semi-typical reactions? Will they fade over a few days or is a trip to the vet in order?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Rabies vaccines can cause a short term flu-like reaction, and since her behavior is so close to her Rabies vaccine, that is possible. It would be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian, as there may be a short term pain medication that she would benefit from, or there may be more going on, and your veterinarian can examine her and make sure that everything is okay.

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Toby
toy poodle
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

Hello,
I have a 10 year old toy puddle. A week ago he revived rabies shot and he developed a kind of big swelling where the shot was admistered. He seems to be in pain when I touch him’. What should I do? Is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling can be considered ‘normal’ for a period of time after vaccination due to the local inflammatory reaction, however a large swelling should be seen by your Veterinarian to determine if the swelling is to be concerned about or not especially if it isn’t getting any smaller. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Puddle
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

Medication Used

none

My toy puddle has developed a big swelling around the area of the shot. He had the shot a weeks ago and it seems painful when I touch him. What should I do? Is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling can be considered ‘normal’ for a period of time after vaccination due to the local inflammatory reaction, however a large swelling should be seen by your Veterinarian to determine if the swelling is to be concerned about or not especially if it isn’t getting any smaller. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snoopy
Shih Tzu
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

We just had my Shih Tzu vaccinated today. He’s vomited a total of 4 times in about 2 hours. We don’t exactly have the money for the vet at this moment. Is there anything I can give him while keeping an eye on him in the mean time? He’s drinking lots of water and still seems to be active.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Snoopy. He sounds like he may be having a vaccine reaction to the Rabies vaccine - your veterinarian should have an after hours number that you can call for events like this, it would be a good idea to call them and let them know that this is happening, as I can't recommend any medication for him without examining him. If he seems to be otherwise healthy and normal, you can heave him examined when your vet opens in the morning, but if he continues to vomit overnight, becomes lethargic, or has a swollen face, he should be seen on emergency tonight to be treated for the reaction.

What can we do at home for these side affects? Ie itching, lethargy, loss of balance

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Abbey
Bernese Mountain Dog
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy had her first rabies vaccination yesterday and now today she is vomiting, refusing food, which is super unlike her and drooling. Very lethargic, doesn't want to play, just laying around. Should I be alarmed? I left a message at my vet's but he is closed until Tuesday and doesn't have emergency hours. Should I be taking her to an emergency vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some lethargy, loss of appetite, fever and gastrointestinal symptoms may occur due to a rabies vaccination; you should keep a close eye on her but if the reaction gets too severe or you are generally concerned you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination. In the meantime, make sure she is hydrated and comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for the info, unfortunately she got worse with bloody diarrhea so I had to take her to the emergency vet 3+ hour drive away. She stayed Saturday and Sunday night at the vets with IV's and medication and I picked her up Monday afternoon. She is better now thank God but I was so worried that I was going to lose her.

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Harley
American Stafforshire Terrier
1.5 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog got a rabbies vaccine a year ago and had ear tip vasculitis. She also had the same symptoms after a lepto vaccine. She now has scars and missing tissue on her ear tips. She is now due for another rabbies vaccine. What should we do to prevent this. Are there any alternatives?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Depending on where you live, rabies is a core vaccine in countries or regions where rabies is endemic; there is no way around this unfortunately and is a necessary evil. Talk to your Veterinarian about different options available including three year vaccination for rabies among others. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mickey
schnauzer
7
Mild condition
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My seven year old schnauzer has had a reaction to the rabies shot every time he gets it. The first time it happened immediately. At age four it happened a week later. At age seven it happened a week later with giving him a benatrial shot and tablets four days after. The dog is very healthy other wise. He is restless, eyes and face swells and is scratching. This happened one week after the shot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some dogs do have reactions to rabies vaccination, but in some geographical locations it is a necessary evil. Whilst I understand that the reaction can be severe and distressing, it seems that you are in an area which allows rabies vaccination every three years so you only need to put Mickey through this every three years. Knowing that a reaction will happen allows your Veterinarian to take preemptive steps to decrease the severity of a reaction before vaccination; unfortunately there is little else that can be done. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello,
My 2 yr old Rottie had his 3 yr rabies vaccine January of this year, and he came in contact with a raccoon this weekend, who I believe had rabies. My veterinarian wants me to bring him in for a booster, but does he really need, since he just got the 3 year vaccine? I don't like the reaction he had last time, extreme lethargy & confusion, soreness at injection.

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Walker
Border Collie Australian Shepherd
13 Years
Fair condition
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My dog is 13 years old and he had his rabies shot sat and today my dog is having a hard time walking he is drinking his water but not eating do you think this will just pass in a few day?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Keep a close eye on Walker as a loss of appetite may be attributable to many different causes; if you start to notice other symptoms you should return to your Veterinarian for a check up. If he is struggling to walk at all or looks drunk, you should visit your Veterinarian today to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Wire
3yrs
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My dog had his rabies shot on Sunday he seemed fine yesterday morning he was shaky but that stopped today I came home to find him covered in what I think is hives all over his body and very itchy.. he's acted normal except the hives.. should I just do Benadryl and see if it passes? He's been eating and drinking normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Cooper has no other symptoms it would be advisable to give plain old Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two to three times per day; if other symptoms develop or you are otherwise concerned, you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chanel
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Not Active
Drinking lots of water
Sleeping all the time
Hives
Slow breathing
low grade fever

Medication Used

No medications were prescribed

My Chanel has a history of reacting to the Rabbie Vaccine and Bordetella. Knowing her history my vet decided to give her a antihistamine injection before giving her the rabbie injection only and make it a full day observation. After, 8 hrs of observation and doing greatI took her home. Only 30 minutes home her nose and mouth and eyes lids swell up with hives. I had Chlorpheniramine 4mg on hand and gave her one but she still has some swelling, minor itching, and breathing seems normal just congested. She is also drinking a lot of water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Chanel has severe swelling of her nose and mouth I would highly recommend returning to your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian as the swelling may occlude the respiratory tract. Vaccine reactions may be immediate or may be delayed, keep a close eye on Chanel. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callic
Yorkie mix/shitzu
3yrs old
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling,lil rapid breathing and loss of energy

My dog had her rabies shot in the past w/o any reactions but today,since she got home i noticed excessive drooling&a lil rapid breathing,not alot of energy..no swelling& I checked her mouth for any obstruction..she also ate fine..should I be
concerned?..is there anythn i can give her to alleviate the symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Side effects after a rabies vaccine are common and usually last between one and two days; if the rapid breathing continues, you should return to your Veterinarian as there are some more serious side effects which may present after vaccination. For now, keep a close eye on Callic and if you see the symptoms worsen or are concerned, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bo
Terrier mix chihuahua
Approximately 3yrs
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion
Black round hairless area the size of a half dollar

Our mixed breed ( terrier/chihuahua ) rescue dog, approximately 3 years old, 12 lbs, developed a black area of skin about the size of a dime on his right hip about 4 months after receiving a rabies vaccination in that area. At first the vet didn't think it was related to the rabies shot but because it kept getting larger she did a punch biopsy. That was sent to the local vet school and it came back that it was due to the rabies shot. We were told there was nothing that could be done and that the dog was not in danger from it and that the hair would not grow back. The area is now the size of a 50 cent piece. It doesn't seem to bother him but it concerns us. Should we be concerned.? If so what should we do? Thanks for any advice you can give us.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to return to your Veterinarian to observe and note the increase in size of the affected area; I believe that the blackening of the skin and hair loss is due to cutaneous vasculitis which smaller dogs are more prone to over larger dogs. There are some management options which can be found on the second page of the second link below; these should be discussed with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3721967
http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/cutaneous-vasculitis-dogs-proceedings

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polo
snouzer
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Stiffness
not drinking
Lathargic, Not eating, Heavy Drinking, Urinating.

can i give my dog a piece of benadryl due to his reaction from the rabbits vaccine. he got his rabies shot yesterday and now he's very lethargic shaking does urinate not active

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can give Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb to see if that helps, but if the reaction is severe Polo may need to go back to his Veterinarian as some reactions require more supportive care especially if there is trembling or seizures. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Augustus
Shar pei
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

My puppy had a fever Saturday night around 10:30pm after dehydration, long day, and a bug bite. They gave him fluids and some antihistamine medicine to bring his fever down his fever was normal at 3:00am. He is due for his rabies vaccine this Wednesday. Is it okay for him since he had the other medicane around three days ago

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There should be no problem with the vaccine and the antihistamine, but the most important determining factor on whether Augustus receives his rabies vaccine is his general health status after having a physical examination by his Veterinarian; if your Veterinarian doesn’t believe he is healthy enough for the vaccine (which he should be) they may not vaccinate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Yes, take him to the vet now as to stop further illness. He should not be left in pain they are similar to small children and should be cared for. Our small poodle almost died and needed to be hospitalized. Save your pups life now, get help.

Hello,
I have a toy poodle and after a week of the rabies vaccination he has developed swelling the size of half of my hand in the area of the shot. He seems to be in a lot of pain when I try to touch him in that area. Is there anything I should do? Is this normal? Please help!

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